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Wednesday, 12 October 1927

Senator MCLACHLAN (South Aus tralia) (Honorary Minister) . - The distinction between the amendment of the Minister and the proposed new clause submitted by Senator Thompson is rita]. The Minister's amendment con forms to the principle of the Electoral Act, in that it provides that .t returning officer or some responsible person contemplated by the act, shall have control of the ballot-paper when polling ceases. Senator Thompson's proposed new clause conflicts with that underlying principle. It provides that a vote, distinctly bearing a certain postmark to indicate that it has been recorded within the hours set aside for the polling, shall be accepted. There should be no opportunity for any one even to suspect that anything done under the electoral law is not absolutely pure. I trust, therefore, that the proposed new clause will be negatived.

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